Though I hoped otherwise, I knew this was coming. I didn’t dread it as much as I did last time, though, because I know what is about to happen. The numbers:
Two Week Gain / (Loss): 5 pounds
Total Gain / (Loss): (44.4 pounds)
No way around this except to say that I’ve had a very rough month. What I am convinced happened is that a series of bad choices around food finally caught up with me when my body forced a rest period from running.
So I’ve lost all of this weight with Weight Watchers. There are good and bad things about any diet or system that you use, and overall I’m a fan of how WW handles this – eat what you want, but we’re going to teach you how much of what is appropriate, and if you can’t handle that, you’ll be hungry. It’s helped me an awful lot.
Back in late summer, heading into (or maybe just coming out of) the last of the half marathon training, I decided that I was going to see if I could make it without tracking points. The goal is to be able to eventually not need a system that I pay for – to be able to handle myself with food and exercise in such a way that I can maintain my weight. And I think when I’m in maintenance mode, that’s probably going to be doable. In weight loss mode, however, I find I struggle.
I’ve been eating badly now for weeks. Pretty much whatever I wanted. But since my mileage has been consistently high, I’ve been able to maintain my weight. I’ve been frustrated with a several week plateau, but I haven’t been gaining weight.
And then a whole bunch of stuff happened all at once that has dramatically dropped my mileage for the last 3 – 4 weeks. I’ve been traveling, for both work and personal trips, which shouldn’t matter but does. I got a nasty cold that required me to back way off. And then I did one of my boneheaded things and injured my toe. So I’m way behind where I need to be in my mileage.
And this graph demonstrates clearly how out-of-whack I let it get. Of course, Thanksgiving was in there, but that’s just an excuse. This should not be happening.
Here and now, though, it stops. I did a 6 mile run this afternoon (instead of my scheduled 9, but I went), and I’ve tracked my WW points for the day. WW tracking is back on – no bite passes my lips until it has been logged. And the mileage starts back up … now.
There was a time that this kind of blip would cause me to throw up my hands and quit. This was a clear demonstration that I couldn’t do this and might as well quit now. And go eat a bag of Oreos or something. But not this time.
Not this time.